Category Archives: Empathy

The Healing Power of Empathy

Empathy is the medicine the world needs right now As a psychiatrist and an empath, I am fascinated by how the phenomenon of empathy works. I feel passionate that empathy is the medicine the world needs right now. Empathy is … Continue reading

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Can Empathy Promote Cooperation When Status and Money Matter?

‘Lower status’ people more likely to share wealth than ‘higher status’ people. When playing an economic game those that were assigned as ‘lower status’ were more likely to share their wealth than their ‘higher status’ counterparts, according to a new study. … Continue reading

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Empathy and Collective Intentionality

Two issues have been at center stage in recent social philosophy, both in the analytic and the continental tradition: on the one hand, the nature of interpersonal understanding, or empathy; on the other hand, the possibility and nature of collective intentionality, shared emotions, … Continue reading

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Why it hurts to see others suffer – Pain and empathy linked in the brain

The human brain processes the experience of empathy – the ability to understand another person’s pain – in a similar way to the experience of physical pain. This was the finding of a paper that specifically investigated the kind of … Continue reading

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Empathy: Why do we care?

Empathy is a precious moral and social resource. It helps us to form friendships, care for the needy, and not be cruel. But what goes on in our brains when we empathize? Can neuroscience help us to explain why we … Continue reading

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Genes Play a Role in Empathy

Researchers reveal our genes may play a role in how empathetic we are. The study reports genetic variants associated with low empathy may indicate a higher risk of autism. Empathy has two parts: the ability to recognize another person’s thoughts … Continue reading

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Empathy and Morality

Empathy’s centrality to morality is heavily debated. Many religious and philosophical traditions have favored empathy, sympathy, or compassion as key to moral thought, conduct, or motivation. David Hume famously thought that the pains and pleasures of others move people only … Continue reading

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The role of touch during Empathy for pain

The human ability to synchronize with other individuals is critical for the development of social behavior. Recent research has shown that physiological inter-personal synchronization may underlie behavioral synchrony. Nevertheless, the factors that modulate physiological coupling are still largely unknown. Here we suggest that … Continue reading

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On Empathy and utilitarian judgement across socioeconomic status

Research by Côté, Piff, and Willer (2013) found that through the induction of empathy in an experimental condition, the association between socioeconomic status (SES) and utilitarian moral judgment was diminished. Participant self-reported income interacted with an experimental condition such that high SES participants … Continue reading

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Physiological dynamics of stress contagion

Can viewing others experiencing stress create a “contagious” physiological stress response in the observer? To investigate second-hand stress, we first created a stimulus set of videos, which featured participants speaking under either minimal stress, high stress, or while recovering from stress. We … Continue reading

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